Al Franken Calls Out Anti-Gay Group’s Distortions


During Wednesday morning’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act Senator Al Franken (D-MN) called out Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery for distorting a Health and Human Services study Minnery said showed that opposite-sex parents make for the best families.

As Franken pointed out, the study in fact determined that a nuclear family was optimal — there was no mention of the gender of the parents in that definition and as the author of the study, Debra Blackwell, later confirmed, the 2010 study did not in fact exclude same-sex married partners.

Franken ended by asking how the judiciary committee could accept the rest of the Minnery’s testimony if Focus on the Family was willing to distort research in this manner.

Here’s the video:

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Thomas M.
Tom M7 years ago

To Tom Y:

You appear to dislike Frankin and rant accordingly. But the simple fact is that Minnery made an assumption about the report that wasn't there. The definition did not exclude gay couples no matter how much you and Minnery might like it to. To continue to argue that point is embarrassing for you.

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

Tell it Mr. Franken!

Thing is, under the constitution, all men are created equal. So why do we discriminate against gay people? Isn't it time we leave the archaic behavior behind? C'mon, we discriminated against black people, women, Japanese, Hispanics and now Muslims... We've all walked away saying that it was wrong. Yet we still want to hate the LGB group.

Tom Y.
Tom Y7 years ago

So Franken struggles with definitions and gets laughs from an audience -- this doesn't invalidate Tom Minnery's position. Since when have gay couplings been categorized within our societal understanding of a nuclear family? Until very recently, never! Franken's attempting to move the goal posts for cheap points. This from the man who quipped in 2003, "If I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." Then narrowly won in 2008 with the help of felons who voted illegally.

It's consistent with his other career moves: he has badmouthed homosexuals in the past, but supports their constituency now; initially he supported the invasion of Iraq, but then found it more convenient to oppose the war; received ACORN financial support in '08, then voted to strip ACORN's funding (what consistency in gratitude!). His only true political consistency lies in ambiguity -- waiting to catch the strongest wind. A true political weather vane, a political contortionist. Wanna see distortions? Ladies and gentlemen, Al Franken!

The winning bet is that Tom Minnery has the strongest and most consistent position, and is the most trustworthy of the two: an exemplar of Old America, strong and free. There's no distortion with this guy.

Beth M.
Beth M7 years ago

You go, Franken!

Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

Al Franken is truly a blessing for all of us---not just Minnesotans!!

Pat Hippert
Patricia H7 years ago

People laughed when a comedian(sp) was going to run for public office..and now the laugh is on them. He is one of the few politicians from Minnesota that make any sense when they talk. Now if Pawlenty hadn't run the state so far into the ground with his "different" financial ideas and if Bachmann would keep her mouth shut, maybe we wouldn't have to hide our heads when we admit we are from Minnesota along with some real weirdos.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Cathy C.
Cathy C7 years ago

I love Al Franken. He's THE BOSS!! Good for him calling out Focus On The Family.

Carmen n.
Carmen n7 years ago

@Derp H: "Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate"

I know, right? If as much energy were expended in protesting non-consensual sex as is expended protesting, bemoaning and condemning the existence of gays, sexual exploitation in any of its vile forms would be a thing of the past.

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle7 years ago

Al Fraken is one of my heroes.

And Floyd, that almost hilarious. If I thought you were posting that as a joke it would be awesome. But I don't think you are. So it's just pathetically sad and disturbing.